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News Story
10/27/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Saying they are satisfied with privacy reforms Google announced last week, U.S. regulators have closed their inquiry into Google's collection of data from unsecured private Wi-Fi networks through its Street View cars, a decision that was blasted Wednesday by online privacy advocates. John Simpson, of the advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, said...
Blog Post
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Maybe Google CEO Eric Schmidt thought he was making a joke, but you'd think by now -- if he is at all serious about respecting consumers' privacy -- the billionaire executive would understand that privacy is not a laughing matter. ... Maybe Google CEO Eric Schmidt thought he was making a joke, but you'd think by now -- if he is at all...
Blog Post
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
You've probably heard the description of ways to mislead people that was attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disreali and popularized in this... You've probably heard the description of ways to mislead people that was attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disreali and popularized in this country by Mark Twain: "...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Google could be the first company to face an ICO privacy fine, after admitting its Street View took more personal data by Wi-Fi than first thought In the US, Consumer Watchdog advocate John Simpson said it is difficult to trust Google because it keeps changing its story. “First they said they didn’t gather data; then they said they...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Doug Heller, executive director of Consumer Watchdog in California, said insurance companies generally start with a low offer. "They know a percentage of the people with claims will accept the first offer. Another percentage will take the second offer. Only a small percentage will go all the way and fight for what is their due." He...
News Story
10/25/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
 "People faced with a 50 percent increase are far more likely to drop their insurance than to stomach that increase for the nebulous prospect of a future refund," said Carmen Balber, director of the Washington office for Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group that has battled the insurance industry over health reform. And for those...
News Story
10/23/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog, a non-profit group that monitors Google's privacy work, reacted with skepticism. "Maybe some Google executives are beginning to get it: privacy matters. The reality, though, is that the company's entire culture needs to change, " John Simpson, director of the group's Inside Google Project, said in a...
News Release
10/22/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Consumer Watchdog welcomed three new steps Google said it is implementing to protect consumers’ privacy in response to the Wi-Spying scandal, but challenged the Internet giant to prove the measures are more than a public relations ploy. The public interest group said it is difficult to take the Internet giant’s...
Blog Post
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Today's LA Times has prominently featured the story of Dana Christensen, a Consumer Watchdog hero, in an article documenting a new lawsuit brought by the Los Angeles's City Attorney against a health insurance company, HealthMarkets Inc., notorious for selling "junk insurance" to consumers. (Photo Credit: Al Seib, Los Angeles...
News Release
10/21/2010
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
SANTA MONICA, CA — Google increased its spending on lobbying 11 percent over the previous year to $1.2 million in the third quarter demonstrating the Internet giant’s willingness to spend to shape federal policy, Consumer Watchdog said today. In the comparable quarter a year ago Google spent $1.08 million. A key to Google’s...